Back To School Like A Boss

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Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like un-cracked composition books and boxes of brand new pencils. Just breathe it in! That’s the smell of education, baby!

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.  –Tom Hanks as Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail

While we’re in the back-to-school spirit, let us share some of our favorite links and products to make this year really sparkle for you and your kids! You’ve got this, Mama. Handle Back-To-School like a boss. Then, put your feet up and pour yourself a Pinot.

 Back To School

Unique Curriculum

Our curriculum recommendations were either written by yours truly or by other experienced homeschool parents whom we love and admire. They are in no way aligned with Common Core. They all come as PDF files for you to download, making them very economical choices for families with many children to educate!

Film Critique For Kids, teach your children how to be responsible, appreciative and critical consumers of films.  This fun unit takes you through the various elements of a story, demonstrating what makes for good story-telling and art. Check out sample pages here.

 Mr. Popper’s Penguins Curriculum Study Guide, this is a wonderful unit study to help the book really come alive for your child! Included in the guide are vocabulary words, questions pertaining to the story, handwriting, Bible, and a variety of activities such as research, creative writing, drama, and art.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Curriculum Study GuideThis guide is to be used with Barbara Robinson’s book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Included you will find vocabulary words to define, questions to answer, handwriting and a variety of activities including creative writing, art, crafts, life skills, and Bible reading.

Nutrition Inspiration

 Breakfast Salads

Breakfast Salads To Jumpstart Your Day, the most important meal of the day, right? Get those kids the brain fuel they need! And don’t forget to feed Mama, too. She’s got a lot to do!

What’s For Lunch?  We all try to start our day with a good breakfast.  The most important meal of the day, right?  Oatmeal, eggs, milk.  YES!  And dinner is important, too.  It’s the time when everyone is usually together and we prepare something great together from our menu plans.  But, lunch?  In many families lunch gets the short end of the stick.  It’s every man for himself.  Sometimes for busy mamas it gets skipped all together, unless we nibble the crusts of PB&J someone left on their plate.  By the middle of the afternoon we are starting to crash!  And the kids?  If they are in a traditional school, it’s likely that the lunch isn’t top-notch and no one making sure they are eating all their vegetables.  As with everything, we have to be INTENTIONAL and PREPARE! 

 Easy Ways To Reset Your Nutrition, Was your summer full of ice cream and hot dogs, chips and soda? No guilt! But now is the time to reset your nutrition and start the school year on a good nutritional foundation.

Organization

Get Organized! Tips from a professional organizer (Bless God! There is such a thing!) on how to get that house in shape. Everyone will be happier for it!

Life, liberty and….Chores For All! Age appropriate chore assignments to get the whole family helping out around the house!

Making Your Appliances Work For You! They are our modern day servants. We respect them!  And we use them wisely to make our lives easier and function more efficiently.

Mothering Well

Me-Time Misconceptions! Say it with me now: Self-care is not selfish!!!  (Repeat, repeat, repeat!) Carve out time to care for yourself. You’ll be a happier mommy this back-to-school season!

Just Say No To Mommy-Guilt. Clean House, Happy Kids, Sane Mother. PICK TWO!

The Beauty of Motherhood, don’t lose sight of the high calling of motherhood. Be inspired as you participate in the redemptive work of Christ!

Beyond I Love You, words of affirmation that your kids needs to hear! (For that matter, even I want to hear them!)

I Am A Woman, this poem is like the battle cry of our hearts. Our anthem. Our mantra. Our deepest desires and beliefs about what it means to be a woman.

Most of all, Moms, remember this: your roll in your child’s live is irreplaceable. You are a crucial key to peace in the world. If your kids leave home in the morning for school, send them off with a blessing, a prayer and peace.  If you homeschool your kids, start your day with a blessing, a prayer, and peace. If the world is to have unselfish, giving, compassionate, and passionate adults it starts with you, Mommy, and those little people who are watching your example. Show ’em how it’s done. You’ve got this.

“The woman is the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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